Resuscitation status of the elderly

J R Coll Physicians Lond. 1992 Oct;26(4):377-9.


Resuscitation of patients in hospital following cardiopulmonary arrest is a standard procedure. Such intervention is not always appropriate, and this article examines some of the issues involved in making the decision not to resuscitate, with particular reference to elderly patients. The effectiveness and possible adverse effects of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the elderly are considered, along with ethical aspects of the problem such as how to discuss the pros and cons with the patient and relatives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / adverse effects
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / standards*
  • Decision Making
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Geriatrics / standards*
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Humans
  • Patient Participation
  • Patient Selection
  • Resuscitation Orders
  • Risk Assessment